The province announced it is bringing back proactive Long-Term Care home inspections, hiring nearly two hundred more staff to do so.
Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips announced on Tuesday the provincial government plans to launch a proactive inspections program in Ontario, something that was all but ceased by Queen’s Park prior to the pandemic. A CBC report suggests only nine out of 626 homes in Ontario actually received inspections in 2019, and many of those were in response to complaints.
Phillips says the government is hiring 193 new inspections staff, doubling the available workers by the fall of 2022. This will mean a ratio of roughly one inspector for every two homes.
“Our government has a plan to fix Ontario’s long-term care system, and increasing accountability, enforcement, and transparency in the sector is a key part of it,” said Phillips. “We are doubling the number of inspectors in the field and launching new and improved proactive inspections to give residents the quality of care they deserve.”
Queen’s Park has committed $20 million to the inspection program and to the hiring of new staff.